13 Decadent Chocolate Dessert Recipes

Here are all the best chocolate dessert recipes to satisfy chocolate lovers, from brownies to fudgy chocolate cake!

Decadent vegan chocolate cake

Are you a chocolate lover? Or baking for one? Here at A Couple Cooks, we adore chocolate. Though most of our recipes are healthy whole food recipes (often plant based), there’s always room for a treat here and there. So, we’ve collected all the best ways to eat chocolate for dessert, outside of just grabbing a straight up chocolate bar.

Here are our favorite chocolate dessert recipes of all kinds. There’s our best chocolate cake with ganache glaze, a total stunner that is perfect for birthdays and special occasions. Then there are everyday desserts like cookies and brownies. You’ll notice many of them have a healthy spin using whole food ingredients, but the main priority is this: 100% chocolate-y deliciousness. Well, should we just get to the recipes?

Want a lighter option? Try our Healthy Chocolate Snack.

And now, our favorite chocolate dessert recipes!

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Mug cake

Ultimate Chocolate Mug Cake


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This is the absolute best chocolate mug cake recipe! Here’s how to make a mug cake in under 5 minutes that’s insanely fudgy. 


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch process /dark cocoa powder (or standard cocoa powder)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (granulated or coconut)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips (non-dairy as desired)

Instructions

  1. Mix: In a 12 ounce* microwave-safe mug, mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in the milk and oil. Add the chocolate chips and stir once.
  2. Microwave: Place a paper towel under the mug in the microwave, then cook on High 60 seconds. Check for doneness: if it’s still gooey and wet on top, microwave another 20 seconds, then another 10 seconds. It done when the top looks cooked and springs back when you touch it (it will still appear moist but will be springy). The exact timing depends on the microwave: ours works well with 60 seconds, then another 30 seconds. 
  3. Cool: Important: wait for 2 to 3 minutes for the cake to cool down from piping hot to warm. Don’t taste right away: it doesn’t taste right. But cooling a few minutes does the trick! Top with whipped cream or ice cream and serve warm. 

Notes

*It also works in an 8 ounce mug (shown in the photos), but it may spill a bit over the sides (hence the paper towel)

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Chocolate Dessert Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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